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Murder investigation launched into death of 19-year-old Conor O'Brien

A post-mortem examination found that Conor died of a gunshot wound. Gardaí are appealing for information.

Conor O'Brien.
Conor O'Brien.
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Updated Aug 28th 2021, 3:30 PM

GARDAÍ HAVE LAUNCHED a murder investigation after a 19-year-old man’s body was found at a house in Meath yesterday morning.

The victim has been named by Gardaí this afternoon as Conor O’Brien, who is originally from Gorey, Co Wexford. 

At 8.30am yesterday, Conor’s body was found with a gunshot wound at the back of a house on the Trim Road in Enfield.

Conor had been living in Enfield for a number of months in a self-contained apartment at the rear of the main residence, owned by a relative.

Gardaí sealed off the scene, which was subject of a forensic examination by the Garda Technical Bureau. The scene remains sealed off at this time subject to further forensic examination.

The Chief State Pathologist Linda Mulligan examined the remains at the scene before they were removed to Our Lady’s Hospital, Navan, where a post mortem was conducted this morning.

Preliminary information supplied by the Chief State Pathologist confirmed Conor suffered a fatal gunshot injury. No firearm has been recovered at the scene.

An Garda Síochána has commenced a murder investigation, a senior investigating officer has been appointed, and an incident room has been established at Trim Garda Station assisted by the Garda National Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

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A family liaison officer has been appointed to the O’Brien family, and An Garda Síochána continues to support the family as they deal with this tragic incident.

An Garda Síochána has appealed for privacy for the family at this time.

Investigations to date have determined that Conor was in contact with a family relative at approximately 8pm on Thursday evening, and that a number of people heard a single ‘bang’ on the same evening.

Gardaí are making the following appeals for information:

  • Any person that was in the Trim Road, Enfield (R159) at or close to its junction with Main Street Enfield area between 8pm Thursday 26 August and 7am on Friday 27 August, whether you believe you witnessed anything or not, to make contact with the investigating Gardaí.
  • Any person driving or cycling on the Trim Road, Enfield (R159) or its junction with Main Street Enfield who may have either vehicle dash-cam footage or any other video footage, between 8pm Thursday 26 August and 7am on Friday 27 August to make contact with the investigating Gardaí.
  • Any person with any information on the fatal shooting of Conor O’ Brien to contact investigating Gardaí.
  • Anyone with information is asked to contact Trim Garda Station on 046 9481540, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda station. 

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